Caltagirone, Rozzi announce three grants totaling more than $300,000

READING, Nov. 14 – State Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi announced Thursday that two grants totaling $275,000 have been approved for the city of Reading, and a third grant totaling $33,900 will be released to Berks County.

“These grants will provide a much-needed restoration and update to one of our city’s playgrounds as well as provide research for the planned rehabilitation of Schlegel Pool,” said Caltagirone, D-Berks. “Research shows play is key to the physical, intellectual and social well-being of our children. So, it’s fulfilling to realize our youngest generation will soon build memories involving these two rehabilitated safe spaces.”

Rozzi added: “I’m pleased to see the state recognizes the importance of providing safe and up-to-date recreation options for our children, as well as other community members. Investing in parks and community recreation projects can help our residents get outdoors and enjoy healthy lifestyles.”

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grants approved Thursday as part of the Community Parks and Partnerships program include the following:

  • City of Reading: Grant for $250,000 to rehabilitate and develop playground located at Third and Spruce.
  • City of Reading: Grant for $25,000 for written feasibility study on rehabilitating Schlegel Pool.
  • Berks County: Grant for $33,900 for written comprehensive update and plan for Recreation, Park and Greenways. 

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation. These projects include conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks.